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“La Sablonnerie Hotel - 'Excellent in every way and most idyllic'”
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La Sablonnerie
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Sark
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 June 2010

We last visited Sark in 1965 whilst on our honeymoon. On that visit we stayed at the Dixcart Hotel and we thought it would be somewhat nostalgic to stay there again on our recent visit. Thankfully for us there were no vacancies - in fact the hotel appears to be closed!

As a result we chose to stay at La Sablonnerie Hotel. Despite quite a few adverse reviews about this hotel we decided that this was where we would stay, because it also held a touch of nostalgia for us.

This turned out to be a brilliant decision. It is 'excellent in every way and most idyllic'.

I find it hard to understand some of the adverse reviews. People moaning about the remoteness or the inaccessible beaches or no televisions or no locks on the doors - and the costs. Lets get real; all these things surely were apparent to people before they went. They were to me!!

One reviewer actually criticised the honeymoon suite in which we had the pleasure of staying. This suite is one of the most attractive and comfortable suites you will find in any hotel. No, the door didn't lock - but I knew about that when I booked!!

Some of the rather offensive and derogatory comments about the owner and the staff and the food and the tips beggars belief and are for me completely unfounded.

We found the owner Ms Elizabeth Perree to be a completely charming, caring and sincere host who, together with her staff, went out of their way to help people and make their stay enjoyable and memorable. The quality of the food and the standard of catering was most excellent and the service entirely professional.

With regards to tipping this was perfectly normal at 10%, and most acceptable to us, as each and every member of staff in some way or another - whether in the restaurant or in our room - contributed that something extra which makes your stay so special.

I would urge you to ignore the critics and indulge in this experience.

You won't regret it!

Peaky (Manchester)

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

We were looking for R&R and we certainly found it. Despite arriving soaked from an unseasonal downpour, Elizabeth's exuberant, warm welcome, roaring open fire and complimentary glasses of wine soon revived our spirits. She then most insistently upgraded our accommodation at no additional cost to a charming little house with Aga so that we could warm up and dry our wet things. Its large garden with sea views was a real bonus for the children during the fine weather that followed. The house was immaculately presented by the housekeeper who came and babysat each evening so that we could enjoy the fantastic fine dining and bar ambience at the hotel. We returned to the house tidied and cleaned yet again, and our bed turned back and warmed by hot water bottles. Wonderful, attentive staff couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. Special thanks to Philip for the tractor rides which were one of many memorable holiday highlights for the children, Karen for her i-spy games and bedtime stories, and Elizabeth for her kind parting gifts to the children. We are already planning our next visit. Perfect for those who need to unplug from modern life - real old world, relaxed charm which was perfectly in-tune with the pace of life on Sark. Its not cheap but its definitely worth it!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

We had not stayed in SARK before, only ever visited for the day. This time we decided we would stay for two or three nights, we had seen the hotel on previous viisits and could not wait to stay. The stay was just what we wanted, away from the crowds, just peace and rest. No TV, no cars, no radio`s, no worries, just rest and relaxation.
The hotel and staff could not have been any better, they always had time for you, they were polite and attentive, which is a lot to ask at some of the places we have stayed before. The room was perfect for us, the absence of any noise was great, the service was second to none.
To be greeted by Elizabeth was an experience to treasure, and will live with us both as a treasured memory for years to come. We will never forget our first stay at La Sablonnerie, we are planning to return at tha first available chance, hopefully next summer. Even on departure, the farewell was nice, and was a picture to cherish with Elizabeth waving us goodbye, an experience not to be missed, as of course was SARK.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2010

We have just come back from La Sablonnerie. We have stayed here four times over the last five years and feel that we know the hotel ( and the wonderful Elizabeth who runs it )really well by now. The hotel is on Little Sark which we think is the most beautiful part of the island. The hotel's pony and trap or barouche collects you from the harbour and takes you back to the hotel where you can sit by the open log fire and dry out if it has been a wet trip over or you can hire bikes from near the harbour and make your own way to the hotel. There is always a warm welcome from Elizabeth and her staff. We have stayed in a variety of rooms/accommodation over the years and if you are not happy with a particular room, Elizabeth will do her utmost to move you. The cottages are wonderful and always our first choice. There are fresh flowers and fruit each day and an endless supply of clean towels. The accommodation is spotless and what a treat to have clean sheets each day and hot water bottles in our beds when we come back from supper. These are thoughtful and personal touches you don't always get from luxury hotels and we have stayed in many of these throughout the world,.Tea/coffee and home made biscuits are brought on a tray (with a fresh flower) each morning and the food is consistently good and fresh. If the sun is shining, the tables (with spotless linen tablecloths) are moved outside so that you can eat in the beautifully tended garden.There is plenty of choice each day and the chef has been with the hotel for 17 years which has got to be a good sign. (We must mention Sue's tearoom for wonderful lunches and cakes as well). The setting is so tranquil that you can really relax and leave the modern world behind and there are very few places where you can do that now, and of course you can sleep so well. Our 10 year old daughter has always loved it. There are plenty of things for children of all ages to do - long and safe bike rides, endless rock pools to discover on deserted beaches, boat trips etc - old fashioned seaside pursuits. When we got home last night, our daughter found a present from Elizabeth in her bag. It is these thoughtful touches that make it so special.Would we recommend it? Without any hesitation, and we have been directing friends there for years.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 June 2010

We returned to this idyllic Hotel for our wedding anniversary to find that it had not changed from THE most wonderful place to stay in the Channel Islands. There is nothing 'ordinary' about this place - from the superb food, quirky rooms, attentive staff and a hostess who is simply lovely. Sark is a facinating little island and a trip around it in one of the Hotel's horse and carts is a must. Don't expect Hi-Tech TV's etc - leave the stressful world behind and simply relax in the gorgeous gardens and enjoy a (probably very high calorie!) cream tea. One cannot understand how any guest could possibly be (genuinely) disappointed with La Sablonnerie. We shall go back just as soon as we can.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2010

La Sablonnerie is a tiny, family run, somewhat eccentric hotel set in delightful gardens in wonderful surroundings. It is very, very far from the standardised hotel experience (which we avoid at all costs!), there is no television, no pool, no spa, no canned music, no room numbers, no locks on the rooms, but, tellingly, my bar and restaurant slips had my name on them.

We arrived at La Sablonnerie on spec, on the basis of a local recommendation, having had a far from satisfactory stay elsewhere on Sark. We were greeted as real people rather than numbers, were given a choice of room, indeed we were shown at least six and were given clear prices. All the rooms we saw were very pleasant, freshly painted, well and nicely furnished with comfortable beds and proper bathrooms and very clean and well equipped. We don't care for televisions or little packets of disgusting false milk to make our own tea - hurrah, there weren't any!

Our room turned out to meet all our expectations, pleasantly furnished, extremely comfortable, good pillows, proper hot water bottles inserted while we were at dinner, windows that opened, fresh flowers, morning tea that came to us, with proper mugs as we had asked for, a proper bath (not plastic!), excellent towels - perfect. Not at all ostentatious but as I say - comfortable.

As my wife remarked, "If you want to check out the chef, order an omelette". It appears, from other experience we have had, that many chefs actually find it very difficult to produce a good, simple omelette. The Sablonnerie can and the rest of the food was of an equally high standard. A lot of skill goes into cooking food well and serving and presenting it with style; there's only a small hatch between the dining room and the kitchen which means that one can hear the interaction between the head waiter and the kitchen. We enjoyed listening to this interaction as it added to the anticipation, but it might not suit those who prefer anonymity at all times. The wine list was good. I particularly remember an excellent Fleurie. Slightly disappointingly this had been snapped up and bottled by a small independent French wine merchant, so we won't be able to find our way to that particular vineyard!

The gardens are very pleasant and the care that goes into raking the gravel paths is incredible. I believe that one day they had been done at least four times, perhaps that happens every day? I know this because lunch in the garden is awfully pleasant and can go on for quite some time.

The bar is small and intimate. It's easy to get to know your fellow guests.

The staff are an interesting mixture of itinerant nationalities. We understand that The Sablonnerie never need to advertise for staff; they mostly come on the basis of personal recommendation that this is the place if you are ambitious in your career and want to learn. Perhaps the lack of taxes in Sark helps. We found everybody helpful, friendly and thoroughly nice and the service could not be beaten. This takes me to a point that I see that others have commented upon adversely, but I was pleased to see a service charge included. It saved me the mental anguish of having to work it out and it was well deserved.

Finally I see that I am required to answer the question "Would I recommend this hotel to a friend". My answer is "Yes", but may I qualify that by saying that it slightly depends on the friend. They would need to be extrovert, not introvert; able to afford it (it is expensive and there is little worse than spending more than one is willing to afford) and I would certainly hesitate to recommend it to a friend who likes staying in large anonymous hotels.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2010

If you want simplicity with character and elegance, this family-run small hotel is the place for you. The 400-year-old converted farmhouse and associated buildings are set in restful immaculately-tended gardens where you can sit or walk along wild-flower lined lanes onto headlands with views to sea and other islands. Accommodation is bright, comfortable and spotlessly clean throughout; linen is always fresh. Guests are greeted in their rooms by flowers and fresh fruit (replenished daily) and during dinner covers are laid back and hot water bottles slipped in if it is chilly. Breakfast (cold buffet and cooked) is very good and provided without delay. Service at dinner is attentive throughout from orders in the comfortable bar (an open fire if chilly) to coffee. Restaurant cuisine is excellent with an imaginative choice and guest orders are treated individually with no awkward gaps between courses. This is the only accommodation and restaurant on Little Sark; sailors and guests from Big Sark are often tempted by the hospitality and high reputation of its food. Atmosphere and personal attention with excellence, often in short supply these days, sum up La Sablonnerie.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: Little Sark, GY10 1SD
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Region: United Kingdom > Channel Islands > Sark
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Sark
Price Range: £364 - £370 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Sablonnerie 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the magical charm of La Sablonnerie, a hotel of rare quality situated in the southern part of Sark, even more beautiful, remote and romantic than the rest. Unspoiled and scenic, it is a haven for lovers of peace and tranquillity. Nestled in the lovely award winning gardens(Sark Midsummer Show 2012) this oasis of hospitality has an enchanting air of simplicity and sophistication. The bar is a convivial meeting place with a roaring log fire. Savour a gourmet luncheon or dine romantically by candlelight. Excellent cuisine, including fresh Sark lobster and produce from the farm and gardens. Own horses and carriages. A truly amazing experience. Don't leave the Channel Islands without visiting Sark and Little Sark.It will be an experience that will live with you forever. Birds, Butterflies and Flowers - SARK - How could one not enjoy this beautiful paradise? A stepping stone to heaven. An hotel with a real 'joie de vivre' ... more   less 
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